As someone who has been a business owner for 20 years, I push. I am always on the lookout for how to improve, be inspired, stay focused, …you name it. This translates to my art, too.
So, the other day I’m bebopping around on the internet, and I find him. Him. Rex Ray.
His artwork is so much of what has been inspiring me for my entire life that I can only TRY to explain.
First of all, I LOVE art materials, and I constantly have to fight being an art material hoarder. Paint, yarn, paper, sheets of acrylic, wire, … you get the point. It helps that I have a legitimate excuse ie. I am an artist and jewelry maker, but… I have to fight it in order to keep in manageable. It’s partially because of the colors and textures…
Rex Ray’s colors are intense, my peeps! Dramatic, intense color that plays with other dramatic intense colors. There are splashes of pastels in there, but it only shows off the overall intensity of the others. Amazing color choices.
Rex Ray chooses or creates these textures in his colors — although the actual collage is flat, there is a hand-quality in the textures that is amazing. Part of what has been my struggle in the past 10 years is that I LOVE the hand-quality in art. That said, I have a BIG love for graphic shapes and crispness (made that term up, yes).
Rex Ray combines the graphical quality and hand quality all in one.
Flowers from Mars
If you send a bouquet of flowers from another planet, what would they look like? Rex Ray’s collages could tell you. And they’re not static, either. He plays with shapes in a way that sparkles.
When you walk into a shop and see a vase with the most beautiful shape, look out. Sometimes that’s just what it is, too — who cares about the flowers, look at that vase! Pottery! Vessels!
Rex Ray takes the same playfulness and applies it to all sorts of shapes and forms. Again, there is a hand-quality to these shapes. He manages to keep the intensity and crispness but also retains the master hand in the art that speaks of high quality design.
Can you tell I’m just a tiny bit inspired?
For the past 2 days, I have been on a Rex Ray art thing — trying to create my own interpretation of what he’s doing.
Where to go from here? I have no idea. Doesn’t matter because like some crazy Uncle, you don’t always know what you’re going to get. This encounter with one of the greats will give birth to something amazing.